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Old 24th April 2013
Lives for gear

I have been using a CAD M9 for about 5 years. I know what you mean about its tone. Last weekend I tested a female singer with the M9 positioned next to an MXL V89 (now known as the CR89).

To my ears and the vocalist's, the two mics have a very similar presentation, with the V89 sounding "bigger" according to the singer. I thought the V89 had a bit more detail than the M9, but was otherwise interchangeable.

CR89's are new, just introduced at the last NAMM, and cost about $350. Dealers are still clearing their inventory of V89's, which can easily be found at $200.